Hand Drawn Half Drop Repeat Patterns: IPAD EDITION

Kristina Hultkrantz, Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

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9 Lessons (57m)
    • 1. Intro final

    • 2. Supplies & how to final

    • 3. Photographing final

    • 4. Drawing on the ipad final

    • 5. Edit swatch final

    • 6. Pattern make final

    • 7. Recolor final

    • 8. Save swatch final

    • 9. Outro final


Project Description


Hello Everyone!

So you’ve been designing repeat patterns for awhile now, and you’ve mastered creating scattered prints with loads of smaller elements in a grid format. But maybe now you’re itching to create something a little more worked and elaborate, but aren’t really sure how. I am so very excited to share my technique to create complex half drop repeating patterns in a pretty old school and simple way! In this spin off of my first class I am now incorporating the iPad Pro to make designing half drop patterns even easier and faster.

Project Description:

In this class project you'll be creating an elaborate (or simple, your choice) digital repeating pattern swatch tile of your own! These are the steps you’ll need to take to complete the project:

  1. Choose your paper size. Get two pieces of sketch or drawing paper of the exact same size. I’ll be using 28cm x 36cm sized paper. Start sketching making sure to line up your papers perfectly when you draw. Follow my video instructions for tips on this technique.
  2. Photograph your sketches using your iPad, making sure to photograph from the exact same distance and flat angle.
  3. Follow my video instructions to learn how to digitally draw and color your pattern swatch in the Adobe Draw app on your iPad Pro.
  4. Bring your swatch into Illustrator. Follow my instructions on how to edit the edges to make your swatch seamless.
  5. Test your swatch with the help of the Pattern Make Tool. You’ve made a new pattern!
  6. Make two color versions of your new elaborate repeating pattern so you have two different looks/moods/styles. Possibly one dark and one light. Or one with a sophisticated muted palette and one with pops of bright color.
  7. Post your finalized repeated pattern as well as your original sketches to the project gallery, for all of us to see and to ooo and ahhhh over… or critique nicely and constructively.

I seriously can’t wait to see all of the amazing patterns you come up with! Feel free to use my project as inspiration but please make it your own.

Also please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions, I am of course here to help if you get stuck anywhere along the way.

You can also find me on Instagram and YouTube if you'd like more content from me.

Thanks so much for taking my class!

XOXO Kristina

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